Goddess Annapurna

Temple History

MAA ANNAPURNA is an avatar of MAA PARVATI, the wife of LORD SHIVA. Anna means "food" or "grains". Purna means "full, complete and perfect".

Annapurna Mandir is a popular temple, which is dedicated to the Goddess Annapurna. It is one of the famous pilgrimage sites in Indore, which is thronged by devotees of Hindu religious community. According to the Hindu mythology, Annapurna Devi is believed to be the goddess of food.

Goddess Parvati was told by her consort Shiva that the world is an illusion and that food is a part of this illusion called Maya. The Divine Mother who is worshiped as the manifestation of all material things, including food, became angry. To demonstrate the importance of her manifestation of all that is material, she disappeared from the world. Her disappearance brought time to a standstill and the earth became barren. There was no food to be found anywhere, and all the beings suffered from the pangs of hunger.
Seeing all the suffering, Mother Parvati was filled with compassion and reappeared in Kasi and set up a kitchen. Hearing about her return, Shiva ran to her and presented his bowl in alms, saying, "Now I realise that the material world, like the spirit, cannot be dismissed as an illusion." Parvati smiled and fed Shiva with her own hands.

"Since then Parvati is worshiped as Annapurna, the Goddess of Nourishment."


Additional Information

The temple resembles the famous Meenakshi Temple of Madurai in the architecture. Within the temple premises, there are three shrines of Shiva, Hanuman and Kalabhairava. The temple also houses the famous Pravachan Hall. The pilgrims and the tourists are greeted by the four full sized elephants, which embrace the temple’s beautifully decorated gates. The outside walls of the temple are decorated with beautiful images of legendary characters.

From Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport, Indore Annapurna temple is around 08 Km. Taxis, auto city buses are available from here.

From Indore Junction it is 5.5 Km. Direct city buses are available from here. Autos and taxis are also easy available for temple.

From Sarwate Bus Stand it is 5.2 Km and 2.9 Km from Gangwal Bus Stand. City buses autos and taxis are available for here to the temple.

From Annapurna Nagar City Bus Stop the temple is at a walk able distance (350)
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